Cyber attacks from a wide variety of sources, ranging from independent and organized criminals, to state-sponsored have progressively increased. There have been cyber attacks on networks that run critical functions throughout the world. Cyber attacks and security breaches cost the economy billions of dollars and they may cause downtime and risk stoppage of vital services blocked by catastrophic system failure from weakened, critical infrastructure.
The United States, Canada, and the world at large has shifted the control of critical processes in electricity, oil production, water, manufacturing, and communications to networked computers. These systems, known in industry as either process control systems or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, are now responsible for the uninterrupted operation of services that we consider essential for our way of life.
Partnerships & Series
Idaho Partnership: In 2014, the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Center for Regional Disaster Resilience formed a partnership in order to advance cross-sector initiatives which facilitate public-private, cross jurisdictional regional efforts to develop a disaster resilient state and region. In the face of emerging risks to economic and national security, action is needed to address crucial regional infrastructure interdependencies in energy, telecommunications, transportation, water systems and other infrastructures.
Emerald Down Series: Since 2004, PNWER has hosted numerous exercises focused on cyber security interdependencies to encourage the development of public-private cyber partnerships. These efforts have led to the development of a public-private cyber resilience coalition called the Cyber Incident Response Coalition & Analysis Sharing (CIRCAS). The CIRCAS coalition works closely with PNWER's CRDR to develop an annual exercise called Emerald Down to continue to strengthen the region’s plans.
2018 Pacific Northwest Disaster Resilience Symposium
When: July 23, 2018
Where: Spokane, Washington
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2018 Idaho Cybersecurity Interdependencies Workshop
When: April 26, 2018
Where: St Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
Idaho Cybersecurity Small Business Seminars
When: July 26 or July 27 (half-day)
Where: Various Locations
Join us for a free seminar to help identify best practices for cybersecurity that can be implemented in your organization. Participants will hear from experts in the fields of cybersecurity, legal, insurance, and emergency management to gain a better idea of the risks and learn how they can protect their business and employees.
There are four available seminar sessions:
Cyber Security Seminar
The purpose of the seminar was to share information between members of the private, non-profit and public sectors on cyber security issues associated with critical infrastructure and to build relationships between stakeholders. The Seminar was held June 2010 in Seattle, WA.
PNWER invited Idaho National Labs to provide a SCADA Awareness training seminar for Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators. Regional Stakeholders received a unique opportunity to learn about threats and methods deployed by Nation State actors, terrorists and criminals.
For more information on our cyber security programs, please contact Brandon Hardenbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org.